Through the Red Door


Title: Through the Red Door
Author: Devon Rhodes
Publisher: Total E-Bound
Genre: M/M paranormal romance
Buy Link: Amazon.com
Length: Novella
Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5

A guest review by Jenre

Summary Review
A cute demon/angel paranormal which was a bit sweet for my tastes.

THE BLURB

Just a demon’s luck. Seth finally finds the perfect house…and it comes with an angel.

The last thing that demon Seth expects to come across while househunting is an injured angel…especially one who has no idea he’s anything but human. Every instinct in him wants to stay far away, but Kyrian is being targeted by another demon, and Seth reluctantly finds himself playing guardian to the irresistible male.

Kyrian has no idea what is ‘haunting’ his house, but after he breaks his ankle being shoved off the deck, he’s had enough. Strong, handsome Seth is a godsend, making him feel safe and secure. But he alludes to secrets that will test everything Kyrian believes…and turns the tables on just who needs protecting.

THE REVIEW

This novella is book 2 in the Vampires & Mages & Werewolves Oh My! series. I’ve not read the first book and as far as I could tell, this book counts as a stand-alone. The story follows demon Seth as he looks for a new house. His realtor takes him to a lovely house which has an unfortunate red door – unfortunate because it acts as a barrier for demons. Once Seth gets inside he falls in love with the house, and also with the smell of the current owner. When Seth gets to meet the owner, Kyrian, he’s amazed to discover that he’s an angel who hasn’t yet been brought into his powers, one who soon needs Seth’s protection.

There was quite a lot to like about this novella. Both the characters of Seth and Kyrian were engaging, Kyrian especially who was just so cute and delightful I couldn’t fail to be captivated by him. The story was unusual, especially in the paranormal setting. I liked some of the little touches, like the red door and the spells that Seth has to use; the tricks that Seth plays on the other demons in order to get what he wants; and some of the information about the world of the angels and how that effects demons. There was also a good use of humour in the interplay between Seth and Kryrian’s guardian, Lucifer.

There were a couple of niggles: Seth and Kyrian fall in love very quickly – in the space of a few hours – which was a little too sudden for my liking – and I found myself unconvinced of their professions of love. After all, how could they love each other after less than two days, especially as they had a number of obstacles still to overcome? Maybe I’m just an old cynic but the short time frame just didn’t work for me. Another niggle was in the character of Lucifer who I felt was never really explained properly and even by the end of the book I wondered who exactly his was and why he was protecting Kyrian – maybe this was something that was explained in the previous book so I’ve missed it.  There was also a scene which seemed to have been included for the sole purpose of leading into the next book, as well as an epilogue, which was a little out of place amongst the main focus of the story.

Other than that, this was a super-sweet sexy read. If you like paranormals and don’t mind insta-love then this story should appeal to you.  I found it a little sweet for my tastes but would still recommend it if you’re looking for a quick read with a demon/angel romance.

6 comments

  • Jen
    I think I’ll try this one because the premise is so different from some of the other paranormals. The insta love would be a turn off but what the hell, now I know about it upfront. Would you like to read the previous book? Maybe that would explain Lucifer?

    Reply
    • I read the previous story “A Pint Light”. It is only 40 pages long and is a GFY tale about a vampire who discovers his soulmate is a male mage. Lucifer isn’t mentioned.

      I love series that pair up different kinds of creatures, so I’ll pick this one up soon. I don’t mind insta-love in paranormal books because I always chalk it up to a supernatural thing. (insta-love in contemporary books is a big turn-off though).

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      • Hi Diane

        You’ve made me curious about the first book now :).

        I see what you mean about insta-love in paranormals. Sometimes it can work, but not for me this time.

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    • Hi Wave

      This was a bit different for a paranormal, and the characters were engaging so I’m sure you’ll like this book.

      Perhaps I ought to read the first book. I get antsy when I read a series out of order :).

      Reply

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